Leverkusen vs Augsburg by Gustav
Leverkusen is entering this game after winning 4:0 against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night in Champions League. That victory will get them much closer to the second phase of Champions League, but will also improve their morale in front of the next Bundesliga games. Surprisingly easy victory was earned with two goals from Kiessling, one from Sam and one from Rolfes.
Moreover, with a victory over Shakhtar, Leverkusen increased their undefeated streak to nine matches in all competitions, having only one draw, against Bayern Munich 1:1 at home and normally, eight other victories. Such a good run saw them climbing at the second position in Bundesliga, being tied with Dortmund and only one point away from Bayern Munich, current champions of Germany. Atmosphere in the team seems to be sky high, while the only target for this game is easy victory for the hosts. Home side has no big problems making the squad in front of this match, as they will only miss defensive midfielder Lars Bender (7/1) who is sidelined with a muscular injury for the third consecutive match.
Augsburg didn't manage to build up on their previous positive results and the team is coming from two consecutive defeats now, as they firstly lost 4:1 against Schalke away from home, but are now coming from a 1:2 defeat at home against Wolfsburg too. Once again the team showed too many defensive gaps, with which it was impossible for them to get anything positive out of the game.
One victory and three defeats, Augsburg counts in last four matches away from home, although the team tries not to change their tactics and offensive philosophy even if they are playing away from their stadium. Team has earned ten points till now, having four more than relegated placed Nurnberg, while the target remains salvation for this season. Coach Weinzierl will have a few problems making the squad as long term injuries remain striker Bobadilla (1/0) and winger Vlachodimos (1/0), but also experienced center back Reinhardt (no appearance yet), substitute goalkeeper Amsif (2/0), offensive midfielder Moravek (8/1) and substitute striker Milik (4/1) due to various reasons. Furthermore, left back Ostrzolek (9/0) and right back Verhaegh (9/1) are both suspended for this game.
Offensive lineup of Leverkusen seems to be working in the best possible way and after a Champions League victory over Shakhtar, it's hard to see them losing points against out of form, weakened and poor travelers Augsburg.